Russell Westbrook’s Wife Joins Rockets’ Efforts for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Mike D’Antoni had only just returned to Houston from Japan on October 11 when he came out to welcome the family of Cindy and Stephen Beltran back into their renovated home, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. But the Houston Rockets’ head coach and his wife, Laurel, won’t be the only affiliates of the organization working with the Saint Bernard Project (SBP) to get people back into their houses.

Nina, the wife of new Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, will be working with Laurel and Houston businesswoman Alicia Smith to co-chair an upcoming fundraiser for SBP.

The event, dubbed “A Little Cocktail Party,” will honor Toyota’s contributions to SBP’s efforts at The Post Oak Hotel in Houston on the evening of December 17. Tickets start at $500 and are available for purchase at

“They’ll be over 200 by the end of this year, and it’s going to be an ongoing process,” Mike told Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. “By the time you get a lot of them done, another one is coming. You’ve got to start again. So I think they’re here for a long time and we’re going to do whatever we can to help.”

Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.